Land transport noise arises from vehicles travelling on road and rail corridors. It is an increasing issue in New Zealand affecting mainly urban areas. Prolonged noise exposure can impact on amenity values and health in some circumstances.
This guidance note provides information on planning options for addressing land transport noise. Data collection and monitoring approaches are also discussed.
Managing noise is just one element of transport and land use planning; for guidance on planning for the land transport system see the Land Transport Guidance Note. Further advice on managing the impacts of noise is contained in the Noise in Mixed Use Environments Guidance Note
For the purposes of this guidance note, noise is defined as 'unwanted sound' and excludes ground transmitted vibration.